UPDATE: Design Slated to Begin in August & Ways for YOU to Get Involved!

We hope you have been enjoying the new Ulink rail and stations!

The Champion Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the developer for the Capitol Hill station Sites, Gerding Edlen, has finalized their Term Sheet with Sound Transit, and have slated design of the sites surrounding the Capitol Hill station to begin in August!  We want to thank Sound Transit and Gerding Edlen for taking their time with this process; it hasn’t been easy.

Next Step: Sound Transit Board approval of the development contract on July 28th. Keep Capitol Hill’s voice strong!  You can can make a public statement during the Board meeting, or submit a letter or email in support of the proposed development to the Sound Transit Board:

Sound Transit Board
c/o Board Administrator
Sound Transit
401 S Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104 

There are other ways that YOU can be involved as we enter the design process this summer:

Participate in a Focus Group meeting:  we had previously announced that we have been awarded a Small and Simple grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to continue our outreach and advocacy for community priorities in 2016.  We look forward to coordinating our efforts with Gerding Edlen and Capitol Hill Housing this summer, and will be organizing focus group meetings tentatively planned for late summer and fall of this year.  If you would like to participate, please fill out an application

Help us staff our farmers market booth: What’s a better way to spend a few hours on a Sunday than hanging out at the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market with the Capitol Hill Champion? Throughout the summer the Champion will be at the Market discussing the development at the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Our table is sure to be lots of fun! There are a few volunteer shifts available to help with market engagement and set-up/tear-down. Email matt@capitolhillchampion.org if you are interested in volunteering or for more information.

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and more ways to get involved this year!

Welcome, neighbor!

The Capitol Hill Champion is actively advocating for the incorporation of community goals in the redevelopment on top of Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. We’re working hard to promote meaningful and responsive community engagement throughout the development process for these station sites. Please browse around to learn more about the Champion and the history of community engagement to date. Additional information can be found in our library of resources and the summary of community priorities for developers moving forward.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or participating.

In Fall 2013, Seattle City Council and Sound Transit unanimously approved the proposed Development Agreement for the Broadway Station sites that will implement some of our neighborhood vision. The graphic below highlights our advocacy successes to date!

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In our December 2013 Community Priorities Survey, we asked the Capitol Hill community to rank areas of advocacy by importance.  Over 270 neighbors participated:


A full report of our community survey is included in the Prioritized Community Amenities document, written to assist potential developers in understanding community priorities at the TOD sites. The results of our July 2014 follow-up survey to the community can be found HERE and a full report including community comments can be found HERE.

On January 31st, Sound Transit issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from developers.  The RFQ included a mandatory public meeting with short-listed developers and the Capitol Hill community that was co-hosted by Sound Transit and the Champion.

THANK YOU to the “local experts” who came out to Meet the Developers! On Monday June 2nd, community members packed the Broadway Performance Hall  to meet bidding developers and talk about community priorities at the Capitol Hill light rail station development. The meeting was hosted by the Capitol Hill Champion in participation with Sound Transit.  Over 250 community members and developer team members were in attendance, and there was a lively discussion on twitter via #CapHillStation.  A video of the meeting, summary of  community comments and other helpful documents are available on our resources page.

On July 22nd, 2014, Sound Transit published it’s Request for Proposals (RFP) from bidding/shortlisted developers.  The Capitol Hill Champion does not have a direct role in writing the RFP, in evaluating proposals, or in selecting developers. The criteria for scoring developer proposals in response to the RFP was designed and reviewed by Sound Transit with input from City of Seattle staff. Review correspondence between the City of Seattle and Sound Transit regarding the developer selection process here and here.

On April 23, 2015, the Sound Transit Board approved their decision to award a “master developer” contract to Gerding Edlen Development for all properties. Gerding Edlen will be an integral partner with our neighborhood for the coming years of construction and development.

On May 16, 2015, the Capitol Hill Champion and Sound Transit co-hosted a community Open House with the selected developer for the Capitol Hill light rail station TOD sites. Approximately 150 community members took advantage of this opportunity to chat with the developer team, see what they have planned for the station sites, and celebrate the work that has been done so far.

Links to all of the open house materials and display boards can be found on our Resources page

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